[By Ibn Ahmad]
Allah Ta’ala in Qur’an Kareem says:
Verily Allah does not forgive that Shirk be committed, but may forgives all (sins) besides this for whom He wills. Whoever commits Shirk has in deed invented a terrible sin. [Surah an-Nisa, verse 48]
It is very disturbing to see Muslim countries participating in an event like the Olympic Games. It seems most of us do not know why the Olympic Games are held in the first place.
Here are the historical facts behind the advent of the Olympic Games. After reading these facts a true Muslim will realise that it is nothing but Shirk (sheer polytheism) to attend these games (either as participants or as spectators), to watch them in the media and to follow and discuss the events and their results:
‘The Olympic Games, which originated in ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago, were re vived in the late 19th century and have become the world’s pre-eminent sporting competition. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the Games were held every four years in Olympia, located in the western Peloponnese peninsula, in honour of the god Zeus. (Nauzubillāh).
Ref: http://www.history.com/ topics/olympicgames
Zeus…was the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus (Nauzubillah)…Zeus was also infamous for his erotic escapades.
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Zeus
Yet another source relates the origins of the Olympic Games as follows:
According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods (Nauzubillah) and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius (a Roman Emperor) decreed in 393 A.D. that all such “pagan cults” be banned. Ref: https://www.olympic.org/ ancientolympicgames/ history
If Emperor Theodosius, the Roman Emperor who was a Christian, decreed that Olympic Games be banned because it was one of the ‘pagan cults’, then where are the Muslims of today? It is a great shame indeed that we are actually taking delight in participating in the Olympic Games and following the events instead of making any at tempts to get it banned. Even the media in Muslim countries support these kuffaar games of shirk.
Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (Radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates: I heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying: Anybody amongst you who sees an evil should change it with his hands; If he is unable to do so, then with his tongue; if he is unable to do this (even), then by his heart and this is the weakest form of Iman. (Muslim).
Note: To change it by heart means that one should at least consider it a vice in his heart and should supplicate for its change. Instead of considering it a vice we are taking pride in being part and parcel of the event. By doing so we are supporting the games of shirk which had been initiated in honour of the hallucinated mythical gods of the Greeks.
The heads of the Muslim states all over the world are answerable to Allah Subhanahuwa Ta’ala for permitting their people to participate in these games of shirk.